The National Underground

By UrbanAnthropod, May 29, 2010 12:15 pm
Jon Ryon, Andre Hunte & Tim Brown

Jon Ryon, Andre Hunte & Tim Brown

Friday night was music night. I was anxious to get down to the Lower East Side (LES) to check out some bands. Exiting the F at Second Avenue, I felt the immediate positive energy of the bustling city. To the right, I could spy landmarks like Katz’s deli and Russ & Daughters. All around I …

My tracks

By UrbanAnthropod, May 24, 2010 7:59 am

Google has announced that they will be open sourcing the My Tracks app for android devices. Anyone familiar with this blog will note that some entries are accompanied with maps and GPS traces. Additionally, I’ve provided GPX and or KMZ files that accompany my strolls. The fact that Google is releasing this app under an …

Garden Party

By UrbanAnthropod, May 22, 2010 10:49 am
Ed Vedder at the Garden May 2010

Ed Vedder at the Garden May 2010

The Lottery
In a previous post, I mentioned how I was anticipating Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden. On the first of the two nights, I arrived at the will-call window to see that I did not win the lottery. Rows 1&2 and 9&10 are lottery seats to enable fan club members with low seniority …

Olympus Pen

By UrbanAnthropod, May 17, 2010 10:36 pm
E-PL1 test shot

E-PL1 test shot

My first dSLR was an Olympus E500. It was a great camera. It was inexpensive and came with 2 lenses. I was won over by the 4/3 industry standard. I was very hopeful that the adoption of 4/3 as a standard across many companies would result in diversity in the lens market. This idea never …

Turtle Watch

By UrbanAnthropod, May 14, 2010 10:01 am
Miss Turtle - Day 3

Miss Turtle - Day 3

An exercise in what not to blog or a really odd photo essay
With a title like that, you’d expect this to be a post about some turtle conservancy project I’m taking part in. You’d be wrong. I’ve known a certain turtle for quite some time. About 11 years or so, to be exact. She was …

Anticipating MSG

By UrbanAnthropod, May 10, 2010 7:35 am
Half Full

Half Full

Warning: This is not a post about going for Chinese take-out!
Less than 2 weeks to go
Two years ago, Pearl Jam made their way into NYC and played two shows at Madison Square Garden.

I’m a huge fan and try to make it to each show they do locally.

As a member of the fan club, I …

Taming Thamel

By UrbanAnthropod, May 9, 2010 9:34 am
Choose your direction in Thamel

Choose your direction in Thamel

Now that I’ve gotten the political rambling out of the way…
Entering the tourist zone
Any tourist visiting Kathmandu is sure to know about Thamel. Some recommend staying clear of it, while others will tell you that it’s where the action is. Maybe there is an artificial quality to Thamel. As with any tourist district, it’s sure …

Nepal Maoists

By UrbanAnthropod, May 6, 2010 7:14 pm
May Day demonstration poster

May Day demonstration poster

May Day
When strolling through the Kathmandu Valley, I saw this poster many times. I asked the guide “What’s happening on May 1st?” to get a small chuckle. Fastforward to April 28th (3 days after leaving Kathmandu) and I got the answer.

In brief
Many Americans are content in their little bubble and have no idea what …

The Rush of Humayun’s Tomb

By UrbanAnthropod, May 5, 2010 8:14 am
Humayun's Tomb at dusk

Humayun's Tomb at dusk

Eclipsed by the Taj
Everyone knows about the Taj Mahal. Fewer know that it is in Agra, where the Mughal Empire moved their capital. The beauty of the marble structure is a testament to the romantic impetus underlying the erection of the building and surrounding complex. A mourning husband, Shah Jahan, commissioned the mausoleum when his …

Delhi Extremes

By UrbanAnthropod, May 2, 2010 1:04 pm
Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple

Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Temple

Delhi is a land of extremes. Generally, this statement probably holds true for the entire subcontinent. I only passed through Delhi. As mentioned before, there’s a major international airport there. Continuously inhabited since the 6th century, it has it’s share of history.

India as a whole had been unseasonably hot. Arriving in Delhi at …

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